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Delhi’s IGI airport starts Covid testing facility for passengers arriving at international terminal – delhi news

Delhi airport on Friday night began a facility to check passengers arriving at international terminal for Covid-19.

It isn’t necessary for international passengers to take the check at the airport. If an individual checks damaging for the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) at the airport, (s)he can be exempted from the necessary institutional quarantine, officers mentioned.

Currently, all international passengers arriving in Delhi have to be institutionally quarantined. Those with a connecting Vande Bharat flight are allowed to quarantine themselves at their vacation spot. Those carrying an RT-PCR damaging report are allowed to journey onward and may search exemption from institutional quarantine too. For this exemption, the RT-PCR check needs to be carried out at least 96 hours earlier than the journey.



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HT had reported on August 18 concerning the proposed facility. The Delhi airport operator DIAL (Delhi International Airport Ltd) has collaborated with a Delhi-based laboratory — which is related to the Delhi authorities — to check Covid-19 samples.

An official from the airport mentioned passengers also can e-book a slot for their checks on-line previous to their arrival in Delhi to keep away from queuing up and ready for their flip. “The facility started operating on Friday evening. We’ve started getting requests for slots. Bookings can be made through the Delhi airport’s website on a first come first serve basis. Because test results will take around six hours, passengers who have a connecting flight are requested to maintain a gap of around 8-10 hours,” the official added.

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The facility has been constructed in a 3,500 sq. metre space at the multi-degree automobile park of Terminal 3. It is the primary such association amongst Indian airports. Because the outcomes of samples collected at the laboratory can be declared in round 4-6 hours, till the outcomes are confirmed, passengers can wait within the lounge or keep in a lodge, one other official from the Delhi airport mentioned, requesting anonymity.

The lab is provided to deal with as much as 2,500 samples per day.

“In case of a positive result, the passenger will be either sent to a hospital, institutional quarantine or home quarantine, as applicable as per the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) protocols. This will help the authorities keep infected passengers away from others. Those testing negative can continue on their journey,” the airport official mentioned.

Another airport official, who wished to not be named, mentioned the cost for the check at the airport can be Rs 5,000, which is able to cowl a passenger’s keep, meals and drinks at the lounge until the time the outcomes are out.

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